Bobby Osborne- Original review

My review of Original, Bobby Osborne’s Compass Records album, has been posted to the Country Standard Time website, linked here. It is a good album, but not a great one. There is much to enjoy musically, and Osborne’s voice has lost little of its power. Musically, there is less bluegrass drive throughout this recording, but the… Continue reading Bobby Osborne- Original review

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Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

At the end of each year, writers and broadcasters get to indulge themselves and—one hopes—their readers and listeners with their judgements on the year past. I’ve spent substantial time reviewing the roots/Americana/whatever you want to call them, if they are on the No Depression list I might have considered them, and even if they aren’t… Continue reading Fervor Coulee’s Favourite Roots Albums of 2016

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Reviews recently posted elsewhere

I was asked to contribute some reviews to Lonesome Road Review recently. I am likely writing a little less for LLR and Country Standard Time than I had in the past, but I do find time to get a couple or three done monthly. These days, there is little to no money in freelance writing… Continue reading Reviews recently posted elsewhere

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Recent Roots Americana Reviews

Things have been hopping in the Fervor Coulee Bunker. Several reviews have been posted at the usual sites. Darrell Scott has long been a personal favourite. His latest release is very impressive. My review is up at Country Standard Time. http://www.countrystandardtime.com/d/cdreview.asp?xid=5983 Guy Clark passed this week, and I can’t add to the quality of tributes shared… Continue reading Recent Roots Americana Reviews

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Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott Live Album review

Over at the Country Standard Time site, Jeff has posted my review of Darrell Scott and Tim O’Brien’s recent live disc, We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This. I think it is a very excellent album. It was recently named Engine 145’s Best Bluegrass Album of 2012 despite not being a bluegrass album in any… Continue reading Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott Live Album review

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Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott- The Power of the Unknown

In 2001, I interviewed Tim O’Brien and Darrell Scott at the Edmonton Folk Music Festival and wrote about them in the October 2001 edition of That High Lonesome Sound, a local bluegrass society newsletter. While writing about their recent live release We’re Usually A Lot Better Than This for Lonesome Standard Time, I reviewed that… Continue reading Tim O’Brien & Darrell Scott- The Power of the Unknown

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Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Oct 3-4, 2009

After years of searching, I’ve found my people. And they were all with me at the Star Stage at the 9th annual Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival in San Francisco’s Golden Gate Park on Saturday afternoon. I’m still not sure exactly how it happened, but my wife agreed a weekend getaway to San Francisco, a couple… Continue reading Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival Oct 3-4, 2009

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Darrell Scott and Megan Munroe

In my column this week I review two very strong albums. Darrell Scott’s Modern Hymns receives a more concise review in the paper than what I previously shared here. You already likely know that it is a charmer of a disc. Megan Munroe may be less familiar, and her new country album is quite impressive;… Continue reading Darrell Scott and Megan Munroe

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Darrell Scott- Modern Hymns

Darrell Scott Modern Hymns Appleseed/Full Light   Americana’s most impressive contemporary troubadour whose name isn’t Steve Earle, over the past decade Darrell Scott has produced a series of albums containing original music executed at such a high level that they have passed by all but the most discriminating listener. A true shame, considering the songs… Continue reading Darrell Scott- Modern Hymns

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